The Friday Prayer Imam of Tehran, Ahmad Khatami who is an influential conservative cleric has said that Iran “has the formula for building a nuclear bomb”.

IRNA reports that in a mourning ceremony in Mashhad on February 9 Khatami has announced, “Iran never had the intention to build an atomic bomb. Of course we have the formula but we do not want to use weapons of mass destruction”.

Iranian officials have always denied any move toward building nuclear weapons. On this occasion, Khatami did not provide further information about having “the formula”.

Khatami is seen in Iran as a staunch supporter of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who usually repeats or echos his hardline positions.

Three years ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano reported that prior to 2003 and until 2009 Iran did engage in activities toward developing the know-how for nuclear explosions.

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